Grateful Dead Live at Riverfront Arena on 1989-04-08
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Audience FOB MC(14th Row)>Beyer Dynamic M88's>Sony TCD5M; via Glen Charlton; Charlie Connor
- 2004-07-08 15:00:07
- Cincinnati, OH
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Riverfront Arena
Subject: tour stories
Subject: best-sounding audience of this show on the archive
Subject: Were You There?
Subject: Good but nothing special
The scene: this is the only show of this tour that I have absolutely no memory of, and listening now, I can see why – it was good (everything on this tour was good) but nothing stands out too much. The only thing I remember is the next day, we were just about the only vehicle left in the parking lot by the time we got up and got going. The clean-up vehicles were clearing the parking lot (what an enormous freakin mess), and we felt like we had overslept or something (why’d everyone else leave overnight?).
The music: a good, but fairly uneventful show all the way through. Jer’s voice is struggling a bit, but like the rest of this tour, Brent steps up pretty nicely.
Demigodband: once again you've proven you were part of what brought down the scene. How many shows this tour did you go to without tickets? Seems like every review is about how you snuck into a show.
Subject: Good sounding arena for the east
Subject: tour days remembered
Subject: A fave place for Phish to play...
2nd Set: Speaking of tickling your feet, how about that rascal-y "China Cat?" The drummers seem eager to rise the rock in Jerry's self-involved action in the three's and by the 4's they succeed turning the excitment and tension levels up many notches. It cools off a bit as we head into "rider" but that doesn't stop some screaming echoing out of my right speaker. Tis all good during the words. "LLR" hits upon the melancholic tone, but isn't elevated to any magical heights. The drummers perfectly time when to stop rimming and also tap their snare...after a full round of Jerry's opening riff of "Eyes." Listen to how much dimension Brent adds in the 7's with his tinkling. It has a reverse logic to it that dazzles. It's always shimmying yet like many of tonight's numbers, lacks a forceful climax. "Drums" transports us to a S. Pacfic locale filled with loads of freaks out of the rituals of the extras cast in "King Kong." "Space" is standard leading into a short "The Wheel." They're kinda in workman mode. Yummy to the "Fantasy" choice. However, this is Jerry's moment to shine as he's cranking the ball so far Schott wouldn't even mind he doesn't come from a pure Caucasian lineage. After singing along with McCartney's "Hey Jude Reprise" it's rock time with "Miracle." Standard sloppy silliness. Total finger poiting edition of "Black Peter." Decent enough but it never reaches Peter's hopefully final resting place in heaven. "Saturday" is decent, nothing more though Brent's at least active.
"Box" is a very fine and suitably warm way to leave the Ohio crowd.
3 1/5 stars
Subject: The Brent Mydland Show featuring the Grateful Dead
Subject: Blow Away....
Subject: great show better source
me started in atlanta, then greensboro, back
to atlanta to see rem, on to pittsburgh, then
ann arbor, then to a cockroach motel in covington
and some wheelchair. . . highlight definitely
brent, this is the tour he shined!!
Subject: weird scene...weird show
Subject: riverfront 89
Subject: great show
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